Collections Carousel – Delecto Banners of Doug Birk’s Parents, Del & Esther Birk

Among the many items donated to the Morrison County Historical Society by noted Minnesota archaeologist and museum friend, Doug Birk, were these De-lec-to banners from the Sylvester-Nichols Candy Company of Little Falls, Minnesota. The banners had somehow made their way further north to Pine River, Minnesota, where Doug’s parents, Del…

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Collections Carousel- Turner Brass Works Blow Torch

Turner Brass Works was one of the largest manufacturers of blow torches from the 1890s to the late 1990s, when it closed via wrecking ball. The company was one of the first to make and sell gasoline blow torches. This model belonged to Art Lafond, who had the oldest Buick…

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Collections Carousel – Valentine’s Day Cards of Sylvia Moran, 1930

    These charming New Deal-era Valentine’s Day cards were given to Sylvia Moran, a young Morrison County teacher, by Marguerite and John Bellamy. Marguerite and John grew up in Morrison County, Minnesota, and were probably Sylvia’s students. Donated to the Morrison County Historical Society in 1990, they are part…

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Collections Carousel – Photos of O. A. Churchill Store/Muske Implement Building, circa 1985

Until its demolition in 1988, the O. A. Churchill Store, also known as the Muske Implement Building, was the oldest standing commercial structure in central Minnesota. Built in 1855 at the northeast corner of First Street and Broadway in downtown Little Falls, Minnesota, the building housed the store during the…

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